Manila Bulletin

Published by the Manila Bulletin, the Manila Bulletin is a daily newspaper. Dr. Cris J. Icban, Jr. is the editor-in chief, Hermogenes P. Pobre is the publisher and Diego C. Cagahastian is the news editor.

Articles from September 8, 2010

132nd Birth Anniversary of President Sergio S. Osmena Sr
Honesty, integrity, selflessness, patriotism, fidelity to duty, and responsibility. These are some of the virtues that President Sergio S. Osmena Sr. embodied in his service to the country. He served the nation without expecting any material reward....
143 GOCCs Owe Gov't P24 Billion
Manila, Philippines - About 143 government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) still owe the national government P24 billion from their P74 billion total earnings in 2008.This was uncovered on Wednesday during a public hearing by the Senate...
7 PNP Officers Promoted
Manila, Philippines - The man in-charge of hunting down the remaining Maguindanao massacre suspects and solving the case itself was included in the list of police generals in the latest round of promotions in the Philippine National Police (PNP).The...
7 Power Projects Eyed as Anchor for LNG Facilities
The Department of Energy (DoE) is aligning at least seven power plant projects to serve as anchor load for the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities which are targeted on stream until 2015.Documents have specified the projects to include...
Afghanistan's Street Children
KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At a center for disadvantaged children in Kabul, shy young girls step up to recite their duties as fasting Muslims for the visiting US ambassador. Teachers look on with pride at young Afghans who were once left at the...
Air Fares Up as Asian Travel Rebounds from Recession
SINGAPORE, Sept. 8 (AFP) - Asia-Pacific airlines are raising ticket prices as travellers return in their droves after holding back on their travel plans last year because of the global recession.A strong economic rebound, led by China, has resulted...
An Important Ryder Cup for Tiger
NEW YORK (AP) - Tiger Woods experienced a Ryder Cup tradition for the first time Tuesday.Corey Pavin sat at the head table on the seventh floor of the New York Stock Exchange and announced his four captain's picks to reporters and PGA of America dignitaries....
Antique Gears for Coastal Clean-Up
SAN JOSE, Antique - Antique province has drawn up plans to join in the global initiative, International Coastal Cleanup, which will include cleaning up of shorelines in some towns here. Percival C. Macahilig, Environment and Natural Resources Officer...
Aquino Deferring ASEAN Trips My Idea - Romulo
Manila, Philippines - Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo Wednesday disclosed that he was the one who suggested to President Benigno Aquino III the deferment of the latter's trip to Vietnam and Indonesia because of a pressing domestic concern,...
Aquino to Meet with Top US Business and Political Leaders in New York
Manila, Philippines - An integral part of President Aquino's itinerary when he visits the United States on September 20-26 will be business meetings with the CEOs and key executives of major American corporations in New York and San Francisco, including...
ARMM Areas Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise - PCID
COTABATO CITY (PNA) - A forum focusing on the vulnerability to climate change of coastal communities in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was held in Manila on Tuesday, with inputs from last April's "First International Conference on...
Author Kathryn Lasky Discusses 'Legend of the Guardians'
The beloved "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" books by award-winning author Kathryn Lasky are brought to the screen by acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder ("Watchmen," "300") in Warner Bros.' fantasy family adventure in 3D, "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of...
Auto Sales Slip in Aug.; Up 37% on Year
Despite a considerable 10.2 percent decline in automotive sales for the month of August versus July, the overall industry continued its robust growth with 37 percent increase in the first eight months this year to 112,454 units from 82,081 units in...
Baguio Clean-Up Drive Launched
BAGUIO CITY - To ensure the commitment of the public in the uphill climb to bring back the cleanliness and beauty of this mountain resort city, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan issued an order declaring every morning of the fourth Friday of every month as...
Big Brother's Advertising Medium
August is a deadliest, bloodiest month on these islands. The month has seen some of the most exciting, scariest, and most hair-raising events that have gone on to become part of the national consciousness, if ever this country and its people had one....
Canon Launches New PIXMA Printers with Sleek Design and Improved Performance
Canon's wide range of PIXMA All-In-One (AIO) and single function photo printers represent fast performance, high quality, and thoughtful features that simply let users do more with ease. Building on these core strengths, Canon has updated its PIXMA...
CEU Admins Show off Cooking Skills in Tilt
Centro Escolar University administrators demonstrated their cooking skills at the CEU Administrators' Culinary Showdown held Sept. 2, as part of the Mini-Chefs on Parade 2010 three-day celebration. The administrators who participated were Dr. Ma....
China, India, Brazil Top 3 Favorite Investment Destinations in 2012 - UN
GENEVA, Sept. 9 (Reuters) - The world's biggest companies are planning to boost their international investments over the next two or three years, with most spending planned in major emerging economies, according to a United Nations study.China, India...
China-US Ties Improving, Says Hu
BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States said on Wednesday their sometimes rocky relationship is sounder after talks in Beijing, with both putting an optimistic face on ties that have been jolted by economic and security tensions. The friendly...
Cinemalaya-Winning Films Compete at Pusan International Film Fest
Two Filipino films will compete and six more will be screened at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival in Korea this October. Cinemalaya 2010 award-winning films "Sampaguita, National Flower" (Francis Xavier Pasion) and "Halaw" (international...
Clijsters' Win Caps Epic Day in US Open
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kim Clijsters needed all her fighting qualities to keep her US Open defense alive and cap an extraordinary day of titanic struggles at the last grand slam of the season Tuesday.Now unbeaten at Flushing Meadows in 19 matches dating...
College Is for Aetas Too
In the past, work and family are the only things that mattered to the Aetas. They survive by scraping coconut or gathering forest products for their families. That changed when the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and non-government...
Coping with a Bad Boss
Manila, Philippines - You wake up in the morning wearing a smile on your face, looking forward to a productive day at work. You are greeted by your colleagues with a pleasant "good morning" on your way to the office. Arriving there, you sit down, flex...
Dengue Cases Still Increasing in Metro
Manila, Philippines - The number of dengue cases nationwide rose 99 percent from January to August this year, compared to the cases recorded during the same period in 2009, but health authorities said cases have begun to "level-off " since last month.The...
Dengue Getting Worse in Cebu
CEBU CITY - A pediatric infectious disease specialist who has conducted an extensive study on the mosquito-borne disease dengue said the infection has been getting worse in the country over the past five years, and especially in Cebu. Dr. Noreen...
Detroit, Los Angeles Most Stressful Cities
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Detroit, Los Angeles and Cleveland are the most stressful cities in America, according to a new study. "Detroit has a lot of things going against it. It topped nearly all our standards for our stress test, although it...
Devotees Celebrating 300th Year of Devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia
NAGA CITY - Thousands of devotees converge here on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in the heart of Bicolandia to usher in the 300th anniversary of their devotion to Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia, on Sept. 10-19.The ten-day "feast of...
Django Concedes He Has to Play Better
Manila, Philippines - Despite Django Bustamante's four dry breaks, the Philippines routed Thailand, 8-3, late Tuesday at the start of the PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool at Robinson's Place in Manila.Thais Nitiwat Kanjanasri and Surathep Phoochalam...
DoE Awards 205 Renewable Energy Deals
Investments totaling P87 billion were logged by the Department of Energy (DoE) from the 205 contracts already awarded for prospective developments of various renewable energy resources, but hurdles to implementation have yet to be addressed.The updated...
Easy Ways to Organize Your Drawer
If you live like most people - with no maids to follow your every move and organize the line of mess you leave behind each time you dress, eat or do just about anything - you may be used to clutter. Your bedroom, apartment or dorm room may be always...
Effect of the Dunn & Dunn Learning Style Strategies on SPED Students
EDUCATORS have been quick to classify students who require special attention with a variety of negative labels - Learning Disabled (LD), Emotionally Handicapped (EH), Emotionally Disturbed (ED), Educationally Disadvantaged (ED), Educable Mentally Retarded...
Enercon Measures Urged to Trim Power Demands
TAGBILARAN CITY (3 September) - With power demand by residents here surging, and sapping close to a third of the region's energy supply, the Department of Energy (DOE) says simple energy conservation (Enercon) consciousness by consumers can go a long...
Enzo Pineda Celebrates Birthday at Orphanage
"StarStruck V" finalist Enzo Pineda celebrated his 20th birthday last Aug. 14 with kids of Children's Joy Foundation (CJF), a center for neglected children based in Project 8, Q.C. Some of the orphans prepared musical and dance numbers for Enzo. They...
Fanny Serrano: Super In-Demand!
Fashion designer, beauty stylist and actor Fanny Serrano has become a white hot commodity again these days. Not only has he gotten kudos for his performance in the upcoming gay indie movie titled "Tarima" ("Love Nest"), the film has had a successful...
Father & Rockefeller
(Editor's note: In the old days education was achieved only after a hard struggle for years, as noted by the author.) SAN JOSE, Antique - For the 2010 Teacher's Month Campaign and its nationwide celebration, I was asked to write on the theme "My...
Finding the Right Job.Outside the Office
Manila, Philippines - With the dawn of the global economic meltdown, lay-offs and retrenchments, finding the job that suits you best may prove to be a not-so-easy feat.An office job or being an office employee is the most traditional kind of job in...
Friends Key to Health Behavior
CHICAGO, (Reuters) - When it comes to changing health behavior, it takes more than a far-flung network of friends on Facebook egging you on. It takes a jostling herd, US researchers said on Thursday. Social scientists have assumed that changing...
Global Peso Bonds Attractive at Discount
The Philippines will be able to sell more than $500 million of peso debt to global investors at a discount of at least 10 percent to local yields because of tax benefits, Union Investment and Erste Sparinvest KAG said.The government's benchmark 10-year...
Gov't Agencies Forge Accord
Manila, Philippines - The Departments of Social Welfare and Development and National Defense on Wednesday forged a partnership with some 40 private organizations to provide faster and more effective disaster response at times of emergencies. The signing...
GSIS Eyes $400-M New Investments Overseas on Top of $600-M Placement
The cash-rich Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) said Wednesday that it is planning to invest more $400 million overseas.Lorenzo Sixto Lichauco, GSIS senior vice-president for asset management, told lawmakers that the planned additional investment...
HK Defers Singson's Arraignment for 'Medical Reasons'
Lawmaker and concert promoter Ronald V. Singson, accused of drug trafficking in Hong Kong, asked the court Tuesday to defer his plea arraignment as he is undergoing medical treatment. Singson's lawyer, John Reading, asked the court to move the arraignment...
HP Empowers Businesses with Enterprise-Class Computing Performance
Today's enterprises require computing technologies that make the mark in terms of reliability, efficiency and proven performance. HP answers this need with the HP Compaq 8100 Elite Business PC, HP's premier business PC designed to provide maximum manageability,...
Increased Fish Intake Reduces Risk of Hearing Loss in Adults
Hearing loss is one of the leading disabilities among older people. But eating more fish will help lessen the chances of getting this.It was found in a study from the University of Sydney, led by Paul Mitchell, that those people who ate fish twice...
Investors' Confidence in RP Bullish - BOI
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental (3 September) - The Board of Investments (BOI), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, recently bared that investors' confidence is high and bullish in the country and that the BOI is matching this...
Japan Reporter Tricked Captors into Using Twitter
TOKYO (AP) - A Japanese journalist held hostage in Afghanistan for five months managed to send out a message via Twitter that he was alive when his captors asked him how to use a cell phone.Just days before he was freed, Kosuke Tsuneoka said one of...
Joey Clears He Won't Walk out on Network Hiring Revillame
JUST A THOUGHT: It doesn't take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go. - J.C. Watts * * * REVILLAME-FICATIONS: Downplaying any possible team-up with embattled TV host Willie Revillame, Joey de Leon denied all previous...
John Travolta Puts an End to Bahamas Extortion Case
A judge in the Bahamas dismissed charges Monday against two people accused of trying to extort money from John Travolta after the prosecutor said the actor no longer wanted to pursue a case stemming from the death of his teenage son.Prosecutor Neil...
Jollibee Gives Up Delifrance Franchise Here
Jollibee Foods Corporation is selling off its Delifrance Business Unit and terminate the franchise which it has not been able to grow as much as its other brands.In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the firm said its wholly-owned subsidiary...
Lanao Norte Intensifies Anti-TB Drive
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - The provincial government of Lanao del Norte intensified its Tuberculosis (TB) awareness campaign in an effort to immediately detect and treat suspected patients of this deadly but curable disease.Lanao del Norte Gov. Khalid...
Landslide Toll Rises above 50
GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) - The toll from the heaviest rains in living memory in Guatemala and Mexico rose above 50, as Guatemalan officials called off the search for 15 more corpses over safety fears. Mexican authorities said three workers cleaning a drainage...
Llamados Eye to Defend Title Sans Two Stars
Manila, Philippines - Reigning PBA Philippine Cup champions B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados are feeling the urgent need for a dependable big man to fill the void left by two of its top performing stars, Kerby Raymundo and Marc Pingris.The Llamados, who will...
Love of Enemies
LUKE 6:27-38 Jesus said to His disciples, "But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as...
Makapuno RP's First Biotech Crop
Manila, Philippines - Opponents of biotech crops should not partake of makapuno. Unknown to them, it was the country's first modern biotech product, and without it, the country would not have been known as the makapuno capital of the world. As...
Make Facebook and Twitter Work to Your Advantage
Social networking is the fad these days. May you be in school or at work, you'll miss out on most conversations if you don't have any idea what Facebook and Twitter is all about.For the surprisingly unfamiliar, Facebook is a social network founded...
Margarito Kicks off Training
Manila, Philippines - Antonio Margarito formally begins training camp at the TKO Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, roughly 10 weeks before he clashes with Filipino pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao on November 13 in Dallas.Margarito's trainer Robert Garcia...
Mariculture Is the Answer
The development of mariculture parks promises to be the answer to the continuing depletion of fish catch in our marine waters that threatens the livelihood of fisherfolks in our coastal communities.That is why the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources...
Medical Evidence Urged to Back Up VCO Claims
Manila, Philippines - The Philippine Coconut Authority Wednesday urged virgin coconut oil (VCO) and coconut oil (CNO) manufacturers to back up with solid medical evidence the touted beneficial effects of their products on human health.PCA Administrator...
Meeting with World Leaders
On September 20 when President Benigno C. Aquino III takes his trip to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly, unavoidably he will be carrying with him the baggage loaded with the carnage of the recent hostage imbroglio. ...
Money Supply Grows 10.2% in July - BSP
The central bank reported that domestic liquidity or money supply (M3) grew by 10.2 percent in July to P3.91 trillion, slightly lower compared to June's 10.2 percent growth.The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' (BSP) Department of Economic Research (DER)...
Mountain Province Allots P8 M for Livelihood Plan
BONTOC, Mountain Province - The provincial government here earmarked a total of P8 million from various local sources as an initial step to respond to the increasing unemployment problems in the different parts of the province to help improve the economic...
National Day of North
Today (Thursday) is the National Day of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or North Korea. After the end of the Korean War, North Korea experienced a rapid phase of development. For many years, the Korean countries remained quite untouched by...
Netbooks, Sexy as Ever
The Eee PC 1015PE is a midrange 10.1-inch netbook from Asus, the generally acknowledged creator of the superportable-computer category. Part of the Seashell product line, the thin and light 1015PE combines aesthetics with mobility, making it one of...
N.N.C. to Address Malnutrition
COTABATO CITY - The National Nutrition Council (NNC) is in need of at least 300 volunteers to help address hunger and malnutrition in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said a local official of the NNC. "We hope to recruit one volunteer...
OFWs' Contributions 'Safe and Secure'
Manila, Philippines - The Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) has assured overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that their contributions to the Fund are "safe and secure" despite job transfers abroad as it also encouraged inactive members to reactivate...
Pinoys Favor Blackberry Messenger Super Application
The BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is a super application which 70 percent of Filipino BB users of Globe Telecom Inc. favor, according to Chief Marketing Officer Menchi Orlina. Innovation leader Globe is in fact the local market leader in BlackBerry users,...
Portugal Trips, France Gets Back on Their Feet, Germany Continues Good Run
The second day of the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers has come to a close, with national teams moving up and down their group tables. Some proved to present a great performance consistent with their first match day, some improved, and some took a turn...
P/$ Rate Stands P44.44 to $1
The peso exchange rate stands at P44.44 to the US dollar, the closing rate on Tuesday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx). The weighted average rate stands at P44.42.Smaller banks' N.P.L. ratio down in first quarterThe central bank...
RP Senior Cagers Shine
SEREMBAN, Malaysia - Another team from the Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Association (FCVBA) made it to the Final Four as its 50-years squad - despite the dubious fouls called against its star players - clobbered the host province, 76-62, in...
Scola Flexing Muscles for Argentina in Worlds
Manila, Philippines - Just when everybody thought that Argentina will be badly missing San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili in Turkey, a familiar face emerges and silently makes a statement as the South American giants' newest go-to guy.Luis Scola,...
Small Talk with Rocco and Jolina in Iriga
"StarStruck V" finalist Rocco Nacino and tri-media star Jolina Magdangal took time out of their busy schedule to liven up the celebration of the 42nd Charter Foundation Anniversary of Iriga City in Camarines Sur on Sept. 3. Bulletin Entertainment...
SM Development Sets Stock Rights Offer Worth P13.3 Billion
SM Development Corporation, the residential property development arm of SM Investments Corporation, is planning to raise fresh funds from a stock rights offering amounting to 1.83 billion shares with a market value of P13.3 billion.In a disclosure...
Strike on the 'Tube' Causes London Commuter Havoc
LONDON, Sept. 8 (Reuters) - Millions of London commuters struggled to get to and from work on Tuesday as a 24-hour strike by workers on the capital's underground rail system disrupted much of the network, hurting the city's convalescent economy.Passengers...
Ten Photo-Editing Tips from a Pro
A series of small adjustments in Photoshop Lightroom can result in big improvements to images.I was tweaking a photo for a friend's antiques store Web site the other day, experimenting with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to adjust the color and add a subtle...
The Robredo Memo
Back in 2000, as a classy top Bicol LGU executive, he was named the awardee for Government Service by the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, Asia's Nobel Prize.By Asian standards, DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, is world-class of the first order. He proved...
Thieves Caught on Candid Camera
Manila, Philippines - Close circuit television cameras (CCTVs) are becoming an effective tool in catching criminals at work.In Marikina, CCTVs helped security at the Riverside Mall arrest a suspect caught on camera stealing a wallet from the handbag...
Thinking and Working out of the Box with the eMachines eM350
Responding to the business demand for increased computing power on the go, Acer-owned eMachines today announced a sleek ultra-mobile and lightweight netbook that packs the Intel Atom N450 processor and comes equipped with a 160GB hard drive. The eMachines...
Tourists Flock to Vigan
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur - Thousands of foreign and local tourists continue to visit this world's heritage city daily even after the Manila hostage crisis happened the other week. This was announced Wednesday by Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina during...
Trackworks Suffers Fifth Loss in Ad Suit
Former MRT-3 advertising manager Trackworks recently suffered its fifth loss in a string of lawsuits filed against MRT Development Corporation (MRT Devco) and related parties in an effort to keep its contract and rights to the advertising space and...
Turkey Signs IMO Convention on Sound Recycling of Ships
Turkey, one of the five major ship recycling nations in the world, has signed the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.Unal Cevikoz, Ambassador Extraordinary and permanent representative of Turkey...
Venus Carries All Host Hopes into US Open Semis
NEW YORK (AFP) - As the last American singles player in the US Open, Venus Williams carries all the hopes of the host nation, although she does not want to look at it that way."If I go out there and feel like that, I don't think I would even be able...
Washington Team to Take Up Nokor in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A United States government team will travel to Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing next week to discuss North Korea but has no plans to visit the poor, isolated state or meet its officials, the State Department said Tuesday. Stephen...
Wealthiest Expats Are in Russia
CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters Life!) - Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain are home to the wealthiest expats, with Eurozone countries falling behind when it comes to paying for foreign expertise, according to a survey of expats on Wednesday. The third...
We Did Not Obstruct, TV Reporters Say
Manila, Philippines - Television broadcasters Susan Enriquez of GMA-7 and Erwin Tulfo of TV5 on Wednesday told the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IICR) that they did not obstruct or interfere in police operations during the hostage-taking...
Women, Kids among 17 Dead in NW Pakistani Bombing
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A car bomb ripped through a police compound in a northwestern Pakistani city, killing 14 women and children and three officers, the latest in a string of attacks proving that Islamist militants remain a potent force in the...
Ynares: Relocation before P18.7-Billion Laguna Lake Rehab
Manila, Philippines - The relocation of thousands of informal settlers occupying portions of the lakeshore villages in at least nine municipalities in Rizal province and the reforestation of areas near the tributaries in Laguna Lake are two of the...
Zsa Zsa Returns to Primetime
Zsa Zsa Padilla has returned to primetime TV via ABS-CBN's newest soap "Idol."In "Idol," Zsa Zsa plays Eleonor - the nouveau riche and fierce mom of singing heartthrob Vince played by Sam Milby. It should be noted that this is Zsa Zsa's first full-length...